Everything started with a request from a supermarket's merchant, who wanted to shred his wooden packing cases and cardboard boxes. Anton Unterwurzacher (UNTHA founder and shredding technology pioneer) responded by designing and constructing the world's first 4-shaft cutting system with perforated screen and was granted the first patent for this technology worldwide.
UNTHA's most important milestones:
|1970||Anton Unterwurzacher establishes a small engineering firm in Kuchl near Salzburg, Austria. The company has five employees and initially focuses on a variety of engineering tasks.|
|1981||At the request of a local merchant, Anton Unterwurzacher starts designing a machine for shredding wooden packing cases and cardboard boxes. Simultaneously, he works on the design of an automatic incineration system.|
|1982||The first shredding machine is completed and delivered along with an automatic incineration system.|
|1983||Anton Unterwurzacher designs the first 4-shaft cutting system with perforated screen and is granted patent no. 319535 for this invention.|
|1984||Shredder RS30 is launched in the Austrian market. It is the world's first shredding machine with a 4-shaft cutting system and perforated screen produced in series.|
|1986||The company expands outside the Austrian market and starts building a distribution network in Europe and America.|
|1987||Additional RS series machines are launched.|
|1989||The company Anton Unterwurzacher Maschinenbau GmbH is established and the brand name UNTHA Shredders is introduced. At the same time, construction begins on the production facilities at the new location in Kuchl near Salzburg, Austria.|
|1991||The entire company of UNTHA Shredders moves to the new location.|
|1996||The S series is launched.|
|1997||The LR series is launched.|
|1998||UNTHA modernises and expands its development and construction division. The company establishes an in-house testing division.|
|2000||UNTHA opens the UNTHA Shredders Test Centre and builds additional storage and assembly facilities.|
|2003||The XR series is launched.|
|2006||Opening of the new office building which houses the entire sales division. Simultaneously, the brand name UNTHA shredding technology is established and legally protected globally.|
|2007||Establishment of the subsidiary UNTHA America.|
|2008||Alois Kitzberger succeeds Anton Unterwurzbacher as CEO. At the same time, the TR series is launched.|
|2010||The UNTHA brand is repositioned. New brand core value: Reliability. The UNTHA Academy is established. At the same time, the well-known shredders RS30 and RS40 are relaunched together with the debut of the VR series. The company starts constructing a building addition. UNTHA shredding technology wins the Salzburg Economic Award for Best Innovation.|
|2011||UNTHA establishes the subsidiary UNTHA UK and launches the RS150.|
|2012||Grand opening of the new R&D centre.|
|2013||The building addition to the Kuchl headquarters is completed.|
|2014||Establishment of the subsidiary UNTHA Germany.
The XR series is launched.
|2016||Product launch of the XR mobil-e - the world's first mobile shredder with electromechanical drive.
Product launch of the QR class - a one shaft shredder series for plastics, wood, files and data.
|2017||Grand opening of the new service centre.|